These days, a college education comes at a high price.

Many students work their way through college, or take out loans; and they'll spend the next 20 years of their lives paying them back. One of the many benefits of Air Force ROTC is the chance at a scholarship. Scholarships are offered on a competitive merit-based system. High school students may apply for a scholarship between June 1st of their junior year and December 1st of their senior year. If you have missed this deadline and/or have already graduated from high school, you must be enrolled the the in the Air Force ROTC program before the AF will consider offering you a scholarship.

In addition to tuition (up to a set amount and fees), Air Force ROTC scholarships come with a nontaxable monthly allowance (stipend) during the academic year plus $600 per year for textbooks. Air Force ROTC scholarships cannot pay for room and board. Even if you are not offered a scholarship, you can still receive the monthly stipend as a junior and senior cadet.

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For the latest information on scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit the Air Force ROTC scholarships page.


1. High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) - HS students may apply:  Senior Year (1 Jun - 1 Dec)

  •     Complete on-line application between 1 Jun - 1 Dec of your Senior year
  •     1240 SAT or 26 ACT
  •     CGPA >3.0
  •     Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
  •     See website for more specifics and to apply

2. In College Scholarship Program (ICSP) - College students:  Freshman/Sophomore year, must participate in AFROTC for >1 semester


  • Type 1: Uncapped (pays full tuition/fees, $600 textbooks at any AFROTC school) [15% offered]
  • Type 2: $18,000 cap (pays up to $18K tuition/fees, $600 textbooks at any AFROTC school) [15% offered]
  • Type 7: Uncapped at the in-state tuition rate (pays full tuition/fees, $600 textbooks)  [70% offered].  Student must attend an AFROTC school where the student qualifies for and receives an in-state reate at a public school

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